That Was The MCM Expo That Was

Posted by November 1, 2010 Comment

So I missed Saturday night and the whole of Sunday at the MCM London Expo due to a dirty belly. And I don’t think I was alone. But reports have dribbled through. Here are your top ten;

There was a total weekend attendance of 46,400. Plus a fair few thousand who hung around outside never coming in, making a total of well over fifty thousand. For a British comics convention, this is insanely large.

The Comic Alliance, a British-based group fighting censorship against comic books has formed a working alliance with the American-operating Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. While there many Brits who have raised money for the latter, it’s only covered American territories – leaving Britain on its own to deal with the vagaries of Customs and Obscenity laws.

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Eagle Award for Phonogram was shattered when someone knocked it to the floor…

TonyLee, John Charles and Lee Townsend are creating a story for UK kids comic Marvel Heroes featuring She Hulk, The Thing, The Red Ghost and his super apes, Stilt Man, Klaw, Daredevil, the Kingpin and the Human Torch. In 14 pages.

Andy Diggle’s cosplay-mocking tweets caused some ruction, including one person carrying a sign around on Sunday reading “‘WHY DON’T PEOPLE COSPLAY AS THE LOSERS? BECAUSE IT WAS SH*T”. You never know who will be reading your tweets…

The Abu Dhabi Middle Eastern comic con were speaking to many creators about a convention in Dubai next April.

One other question was asked regarding Mark Millar’s London Superhero Comic Con for next year – does he have an agreement with Marvel and DC to use the jointly trademarked word “superhero”? One wag suggested he rename it Movies, Comics, Millar Expo, and then shorten it…

The other rumour is that Titan Magazines, publishers of CLiNT, were putting money behind the rival show, hence their abscence from the MCM. Titan representatives did not respond to enquiries.

(Last Updated November 1, 2010 12:39 pm )

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